925.22 Content of labels on containers.

(A) Every person who packs or repacks fresh fruits or vegetables, consigns, delivers, receives, distributes, has in his possession for sale, sells, or offers the same for sale, either privately or in the open market, shall cause such containers to be marked in a plain and legible manner as follows:

(1) With his full name and address;

(2) With the contents, by net weight at the time of sale, numerical count, or dry measure expressed in units established in accordance with Chapter 1327. of the Revised Code, except that if the contents of the container consist of a number of single units, tied bunches, or properly labeled and individually weighed retail packages of fruits or vegetables, each container shall be marked with the numerical count;

(3) With the grade in accordance with the standards adopted by the department of agriculture if the container holds peaches, apples, potatoes, or dry onions;

(4) With the minimum size and variety of apples or graded peaches held by the container, and, if the variety cannot be identified, with the term "variety unknown";

(5) With the identity of the fruit or vegetable, if it is concealed.

(B) Letters or numbers used to mark containers of fruits or vegetables in accordance with sections 925.21 to 925.32 of the Revised Code shall be not less than:

(1) One-eighth inch in height on any label, on any container of which the weight is ten or more pounds and less than fifty pounds;

(2) Three-eighths inch in height on any label, on any container of which the weight is less than ten pounds;

(3) Five-eighths inch in height on any label, on any container of which the weight is fifty or more pounds;

(4) Five-eighths inch in height on tags attached to containers of fruits or vegetables other than "culls."

(C) Each person who places a label, stamp, or other marking required by sections 925.21 to 925.32 of the Revised Code, on any container of fruits or vegetables shall:

(1) Place the label, stamp, or mark on:

(a) The side, end, or cover of any box, basket, or carton;

(b) The front or face of any bag;

(c) A tag attached to any bag;

(d) An insert, clearly visible, and legibly marked, in a transparent container.

(2) Separate each grade marked, or other mark required from any design or other statement on the label by a space equal to or larger than the largest letter on the label.

(D) Any person may completely obliterate an erroneous grade, and place the correct grade marking on the label of a container in a plain and legible manner.

(E) Any person who re-grades the contents of a container of any fruit or vegetable which fails to meet the minimum requirement for the grade marked on the container because of permanent grade defects, as set forth in the grade standards shall:

(1) Remove the entire contents from the original container;

(2) Re-pack such contents in containers which bear markings required by sections 925.21 to 925.32 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 925.22

History. Effective Date: 07-26-1974